Dubai Tourism expects 30% increase in hotel supply by 2018

Dubai has achieved the 100,000 hotel room milestone and expects 34,000 new room additions in the course of next two years, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) said.

The milestone was reached following the opening of the Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City in August.

The tourism body has previously forecast the need for continued industry pipeline growth at the rate of 12 percent between 2015 and 2018 to sustain a competitive market.

“For the hotel sector, high demand from international travelers, and the consequent growth in tourism volumes, has been the cornerstone of fostering continued investment in supply enhancement, which has seen us cross this historic 100,000-room threshold,” Helal Al Merri, director general, Dubai Tourism, said in a statement.

Occupied room nights in hotels and hotel apartments reached 35.9 million, representing a 10.8 percent compound annual growth rate from end-2015 to end-2018.

Occupancy rates will reach 77 percent while the length of stay will increase to four days by 2018, Dubai Tourism said.